Photo: The Rocky Mountains rise behind the Denver skyline. Charlie Riedel/AP
As Western states grapple with drought, Westminster, Colorado, has become a model for its integration of water data into the planning process.
As with so many towns in the West, the history of Westminster, Colorado, can be told through its water supply.
The turning point in that history was the hot, dry summer of 1962. Westminster was already embroiled … [more…]
Photo: A canal diverts water from the Colorado River to farms in Palisade, Colorado. Ted Wood
Communities along the Colorado River are facing a new era of drought and water shortages that is threatening their future. With an official water emergency declaration now possible, farmers, ranchers, and towns are searching for ways to use less water and survive.
From the air, the Grand Valley Water Users Association canal — 10 … [more…]
United States: Water deficits to diminish in the Southwest, surpluses ahead for Florida
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The 12-month forecast indicates severe water deficits in the Northeast, relatively normal conditions in the Appalachian region south to the Gulf, primarily moderate deficits in the interior plains, intense surpluses in the Northern Rockies, and moderate to exceptional deficits in the southern Rockies, Southwest, and West. Severe deficits are forecast for Vermont and Massachusetts, … [more…]
The world’s largest rivers have their sources in glaciers – will the global population be left high and dry without the "eternal" ice? A glacial river in Vatnajökull, Iceland. Credit: Matthias Huss/ETH Zurich
The world’s largest rivers begin in glaciated mountain regions. However, climate change may cause many glaciers to disappear. Will water become scarce?
There are around 200,000 glaciers worldwide. They play a central role in the water cycle, … [more…]